My good friend Deanna mailed me a birthday gift and it arrived today.
Anyone that knows me, knows I LOVE presents! I nearly I died laughing when I tore open the package and there he was, in all his glory, the Travelocity Roaming Gnome. We have big plans for Mr. Gnome. His official site tour will be on Monday after he has enjoyed his weekend stay at the Comfort Inn Middletown.
As we all know the gnome is a world traveler, or at least he would like to be. This got us thinking about traveler safety in unfamiliar places like foreign countries and even some of the bigger cities. I found the How Stuff Works blog today listing the 5 Scams Foolish Tourists Always Fall For. The full article is available through the link in detail with ways to avoid these travel pitfalls.
In short (Friday afternoon at 5:30pm form) they are:
5. Fake Police Officers
4. Creating a Distraction to Steal Your Wallet or Purse
3. Money Changing “Errors”
2. Dishonest Cabbies
1. “Good Samaritans”
The key point is to use your head. You should always use your head as it is in your best interest, but in unfamiliar surroundings, if something just doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.
The Roaming Gnome now has his own page on Travelocity which you can find here. He even has an About Me section so you can learn more about our new vertically challenged friend.